A leader of men - Hastings United 'legend' is latest to commit to cause for new season

Hastings United have had another major boost in their efforts to build a squad of repeating this season's success - announcing that club skipper Sam Adams is staying at The Pilot Field.

Sunday, 17th May 2020, 6:15 pm
Updated Sunday, 17th May 2020, 6:18 pm
Sam Adams scores against Sittingbourne - and he will be back in the white shirt again for 2020-21 / Picture: Scott White

It follows news that striker Ben Pope and defender Gary Elphick are also committing to the cause as the Us set about putting behind them the disappointment of missing out on promotion in this null and void season. They have also signed ex-Dartford forward Max Walsh.

A Hastings statement said: "We are incredibly happy to announce that club captain Sam Adams has committed to the Us for the 2020-21 season.

"The word legend should never be overused but in Super Sammy Adams’ case it’s deserved. The club captain has notched up 558 appearances including 139 goals, making Sammy one of Hastings United’s top appearance makers in the club’s history."

Adams said: “With the management team we have at this football club I had no doubts to continue. We have unfinished business and I am here to play my part in taking this club to the next level. To add to my 558 appearances will be an honour and I cannot wait to get started again."

Chris Agutter, first team manager, said, “Sammy is a leader of men and, much like Gary Elphick and Popey, is a core part of our winning environment. On and off the pitch Sammy has a huge impact a the club, a club legend who is a privilege to work with.”

Elphick staying with Hastings UnitedWalsh joins Us after impressing on trialPope commits to UnitedBilly Wood, CEO, added: “Hastings United are very lucky to have a character like Sam Adams... in non-league football you don’t find many players who commit most of their career to one club and with 558 appearances for the Us it’s evident what Hastings United means to Sammy Adams.

"While the club means the world to Sammy, Sammy means the world to the supporters, staff, management and board. Sam Adams is Hastings in a nutshell and so valuable to our core culture. The attitude, passion and class he shows on that pitch should spur on the next generation.”